According to estimates from Internet World Stats, approximately 743.6 million Europeans used the Internet in 2021. That’s 88.4 percent of the population. A high percentage compared to the rest of the world, where only about 66.2 percent is online. People browse the Internet primarily using the Wi-Fi in their own home. But what is the quality of the home network within their own four walls? It is not always ideal. If you want to stream series highlights without stutter, quickly download the latest game features or simply have a quick read through the news on the Internet, you need stable and fast Wi-Fi. In the spirit of World Wi-Fi Day on 20 June, devolo helps you get your Wi-Fi in shape with these five easy tips.
Tip No. 1: Short Wi-Fi check
Internet users notice very quickly if Wi-Fi coverage is good or bad. Nevertheless, taking a brief look at your situation is a valuable first step. Helpful analysis tools are available to assist your efforts. Experts often recommend Ookla Speed test. With the support of this app, you can easily check Wi-Fi speeds with your Smartphone or Tablet in every room at home to find the “Wi-Fi black holes”.
Tip No. 2: Ideally position the router
Is your Wi-Fi too slow or does the connection stop entirely to an ever-increasing extent? This is usually due to a range problem since many households have the router sitting somewhere in a corner, behind a flowerpot or – worse yet – even in the cellar. A central and slightly raised position is ideal for a router, for example on a sideboard or on a cupboard in the middle of an apartment. The router Wi-Fi should not be blocked by other objects located in front of or next to the router. Does the router possibly have external antennae? They can be arranged at different angles. Simply try out different antenna positions until reception improves.
Tip 3: Is the router too old?
If you wish to replace your old router, the new model should definitely support Wi-Fi 5 (Wi-Fi ac) or even Wi-Fi 6. Both standards are considerably faster than Wi-Fi 4 (Wi-Fi n). In addition, a portion of Wi-Fi 4, the 2.4 GHz band, is extremely overloaded in many large urban areas. Your Wi-Fi picks up speed again by changing to the 5 GHz band of the Wi-Fi 5 or Wi-Fi 6 standard.
Tip No. 4: Wi-Fi repeaters for short distances
In a large flat or single-family home there can be large distances, walls or even reinforced concrete ceilings between the router and Wi-Fi terminal devices. These obstacles act like a brake on Wi-Fi which becomes increasingly slower and, in a worst-case scenario, actually stops altogether. A Wi-Fi repeater is useful for shorter distances, for example from one room to the next. In large living areas, however, a repeater is no longer adequate because repeaters also use the Wi-Fi network for data transmission to each other. However, there is also a very good technical solution over a long Wi-Fi distance.
Tip No. 5: For long distances – Internet from the electrical socket
Powerline adapters are the all-in-one solution for perfect Wi-Fi. The trick: Use the home’s own electric circuit like a long data cable. The advantage: walls, reinforced concrete ceilings and even underfloor heating systems no longer pose an obstacle because there is a cable-based solution. Wi-Fi Powerline adapters create a fast hotspot at any power socket. Installation is extremely easy: plug in, wait a short while and start surfing. Current models combine the best mesh Wi-Fi technology with the fastest Powerline technology. The multiple award-winning devolo Magic 2 WiFi 6 creates a fast Powerline speed of 2400 Mbps maximum and offers Mesh Wi-Fi for a fast wireless network throughout the home. Thanks to these tips, the way is clear for the World Wi-Fi Day and Wi-Fi in the home.